March 1, 2002
LONG BEACH, Calif.-- The Washington State University Women's Swim Team sits in ninth place, just 18.5 points behind seventh-place Washington, after the second day of the Pacific-10 Conference Championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.
No. 1 Stanford continues to hold the lead with 916 points, followed by No. 9 USC (792.5), No. 4 California (765), No. 7 Arizona (740), No. 11 UCLA (664.5), No. 10 Arizona State (539.5), Washington (319.5), Oregon State (318) and WSU (301). Oregon does not sponsor women's swimming.
Rachel Dong, a native of Paramount, Calif., proved to be a home town hero Friday, recording the WSU's best finish at the Pac-10's thus far. Dong grabbed fifth place in the 100 butterfly finals with a time of 55.02 seconds, swimming in the pool that is just miles from where she grew up. The sophomore co-captain also notched the Cougars' best finish in the 100 breaststroke, placing 16th in 1:04.56.
Also in the 100 butterfly, junior Lindsay Henahan placed 10th in a personal best 55.12 seconds, moving into second place on WSU's all-time list for the event. Junior Melissa Hubley added a 16th-place finish in the event also.
Rebecca Cohen continued to swim well for Washington State, establishing a personal best of 1:50.60 in the prelims of the 200 freestyle. The junior from Portland, Ore., missed the school record by .06 seconds, just one day after breaking WSU's 16-year-old record in the 500 freestyle. Cohen went on to place 24th in the 200 freestyle finals.
Two Cougars grabbed spots in the finals for the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Nicole Chinn recorded a personal best in the prelims with a time of 57.01, good enough for third on WSU's all-time list. The graduate of Seattle's Ranier Beach High School went on to place 15th in the finals. Katie Byrnes, who already holds second place on the school's 100 backstroke list, placed 20th in 57.09.
Christina Swanson, a sophomore from Bainbridge Island, Wash., also scored points for WSU, placing 23rd in the 100 breaststroke finals in 1:06.76.
Washington State placed eighth in both relays held Friday. The Cougar 200 medley relay of Chinn, Dong, Swanson and Andree-Anne LeRoy clocked in at 1:43.33. Dong, Cohen, LeRoy and Jadine Louw led WSU's 800 freestyle relay to a time of 7:29.97.
The Pac-10 competition will conclude Saturday at Belmont Plaza with the 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay. Preliminary heats for individual events will be held at 11 a.m., with finals for all events beginning at 6 p.m.